Vinpok is a relatively obscure tech company that most people have never heard of and today we’re focusing on one of their best-selling peripherals in this Vinpok Taptek Keyboard review. This allegedly criminally underrated device lives in the wireless mechanical keyboard space and is joined by a host of pretty expensive competitors, most of which are geared towards gamers.
30 Second Review: Vinpok Taptek Keyboard
Design & Build - 8.6/10
Features - 7.8/10
Battery Life - 8/10
Ergonomics - 8/10
Total Value - 8/10
If you’ve got cash to spare and are in the market for an excellent Mac-like wireless mechanical keyboard that’s highly compatible, the Vinpok Taptek Keyboard is definitely the way to go. Its slim and ultra-compact design makes it perfect for carrying around, yet its tough frame means you won’t have to mind the occasional bump.
Add that to the fact that it works with pretty much any Bluetooth capable device and you’ve got yourself one of the best multi-purpose mechanical keyboards on the market.
- Attractive low-profile design and excellent build
- Tactile and clickety switches that offer solid performance
- Compatible with pretty much any Bluetooth ready device
- Allow you to connect to up to 3 devices at once
- Pretty expensive
- Tough to get used to the right Shift key placement
- RGB lighting is an odd addition to a non-gaming keyboard
While it isn’t exactly cheap per se, Vinpok’s offering is a bit more modestly-priced compared to some of its rivals and sports an extremely low-profile design that professionals and non-gamers are sure to enjoy. Question is, “Is it worth rolling the dice on a brand that few people have ever heard of?”
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What is the Vinpok Taptek Keyboard?
Vinpok is a small tech developer based in Hong Kong that produces various computer and laptop-based accessories, in addition to a few devices that include wireless chargers, a keyboard, and a display. While they take pride in creating highly compatible products, one of their main focuses is to craft quality peripherals that fully support Apple devices and they mostly raise funds for their inventions via crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo.
The Vinpok Taptek Keyboard is their sole typing peripheral and is a wireless mechanical keyboard that’s equal parts tough and compact. It’s also no slouch in the performance department either. In line with the company’s vision, the device is highly compatible and adopts a distinctly Mac-like design that comes in two colourways and is sure to appease minimalists and Apple fanboys alike.
Just because the brand isn’t exactly a household name, doesn’t mean their products come dirt-cheap. The Vinpok Taptek is a fair bit pricier than the beloved Ducky One 2 Mini, a lot pricier than the E-Element Z-88 and costs a little bit less than the stellar Logitech Pro X mechanical keyboard.
The Vinpok Taptek features its own Blue low-profile mechanical switches, so you can expect a nice clickety feel to them and an ample amount of tactile feedback. They have an actuation distance of 3mm which is considerably longer than the Cherry MX variety, but non-gamers shouldn’t be bothered in the least.
The keyboard connects wirelessly via Bluetooth but can also be plugged into your machine through a USB Type-C cable. It’s built to be compatible with a variety of operating systems, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and more.
Don’t expect much in the way of freebies since all you’ll be getting in the box is the peripheral itself and its cable.
Since it’s an ultra-compact keyboard, it offers media controls in the form of alternate functions to the F1-F12 keys.
It may look like an Apple keyboard, but this little guy features RGB capabilities that include 4 levels of brightness and 19 different effects.
Due to the fact that the Vinpok Taptek was developed for both computers and mobile devices, it doesn’t come with any companion software and is purely plug and play.
|Dimensions||28.1 x 11.7 x 1.9 cm|
|Switches||Vinpok’s own low-profile mechanical switch design|
|Media Controls||Function buttons|
|Connection Type||Bluetooth and Wired USB|
|Number of Keys||78|
If you enjoy Mac-like keyboard designs, then the Vinpok Taptek is right up your alley. The developers have admittedly patterned their peripheral after Apple’s form factor, utilizing an identical key layout and a similar no-nonsense aesthetic.
It’s a neat look that makes great use of its limited real estate and its minimalist inspirations go perfectly with Apple devices or similarly sleek machines. You can also pick it up in either black or white colourways.
With most mechanical keyboards nowadays being marketed towards the gaming community, finding one that’s more lowkey with a design that’s more in-tune with the average user can be difficult, which is what makes the Taptek so catchy.
Its impressive thinness beats out that of the Logitech G915 TKL while its remarkably economical use of space is reminiscent of one of the best ultra-compact mechanical keyboards out there – the Ducky One 2 Mini. What the Vinpok Taptek does excel at, however, is trimming every possible bit of excess fat from the device, resulting in one of the slimmest, and most compact keyboards we’ve ever come across.
It has its own backlight and also features RGB lighting which is increasingly odd considering how hard it’s trying not to be a gaming keyboard. Of course, since it doesn’t have an app you won’t be able to customize it exactly how you like, but it does offer a fair amount of presets that you can play around with.
What’s it like to use?
Given the fact that the Vinpok Taptek offers no companion software and that it was built to work effortlessly with all sorts of devices, setting up the keyboard is a cakewalk. All you need to do is pair it with the device you’re using as you would any other Bluetooth peripheral.
It’s even easier if you plan on utilizing a wired connection since all you have to do is plug it into your USB port and you’re good to go. One of its coolest features is its ability to connect to 3 different devices simultaneously, allowing you to switch between them at the push of a button.
If you’re worried that the keyboard’s diminutive size makes it more delicate, you can stow those fears right away as the Taptek’s base is made out of a dense aluminium alloy that lends it a satisfying amount of heft and an exceptional level of durability. The keys themselves offer a pleasing level of tactile feedback and are accompanied by a nice clickety sound with every keystroke.
One weird aspect of the keyboard’s design is how the developers decided to stick with a traditional arrow key layout, as opposed to the one-line layout that’s commonly found in ultra-compact models. In doing so, Vinpok had to severely shrink the right control key, making it difficult to get used to. More often than not, you’ll find yourself hitting the Up arrow key instead.
Trusting a relatively unknown brand can be tough, as the risk of a low-quality build and mediocre performance is a whole lot higher than that of a well-established name. All you see is a pretty face, after all. Fortunately, the Vinpok Taptek is anything but, offering well-performing switches, a rugged frame, and a superbly compact form.
To sweeten the deal, it’s compatible with pretty much any device that supports a Bluetooth or USB keyboard. It may be more expensive than we’d like and some of its button placement is downright weird, but if you’re interested in a wireless non-gaming mechanical keyboard that’s heavily inspired by Apple’s design, the Vinpok Taptek Keyboard is just about everything you could ask for.